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South Dakota reports first known monkeypox case in the state

Monkeypox can spread when a person comes into contact with the virus by having direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. Minnesota has reported nine monkeypox cases, while Nebraska and Iowa have reported two each. North Dakota has yet to report a case, according to the CDC case tracking map.

Oval monkeypox cells pictured in a microscope close up
This digitally-colorized microscope image depicts monkeypox virus particles from a human skin sample.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota state health officials on Thursday, July 14, reported the first known monkeypox case among a South Dakota resident.

A man in his 30s from eastern South Dakota has tested positive for the virus, according to the state Department of Health, upon confirmation by the State Public Health Laboratory.

The specimen will be submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation as monkeypox, technically known as orthopoxvirus.

Monkeypox can spread when a person comes into contact with the virus by having direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. Minnesota has reported nine monkeypox cases, while Nebraska and Iowa have reported two each. North Dakota has yet to report a case, according to the CDC case tracking map.

“The number of monkeypox cases has grown substantially over the past two months in the U.S. and globally,” state epidemiologist Josh Clayton said in a news release. “Prompt identification of the characteristic monkeypox rash by patients and clinicians is necessary to curb the transmission of this virus, although more cases are anticipated before the number of new cases slows.”

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The South Dakota Department of Health encourages individuals to contact their health care provider early if they develop symptoms of monkeypox to aid rapid detection and prevent ongoing transmission.

There are two vaccines available for monkeypox , but the CDC reports it has limited supply of one and the other is for patients with specific risks. Again, those who suspect they have symptoms of monkeypox should speak to their healthcare providers about access to those vaccines.
 
Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus

Prevention tips:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

More information about the virus, signs and symptoms, prevention, treatment, and more can be found on the CDC website or at doh.sd.gov .

Jeremy Fugleberg is editor of The Vault, Forum Communications Co.'s home for Midwest history, mysteries, crime and culture. He is also a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.
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